December 6, 2011

Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts

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Series: Circle Trilogy 2
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 3, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon
As the circle of six prepare for their final clash with the dark army of the vampire Lilith, the battleground shifts. In Ireland, a stone circle serves as the portal to another land and an ancient time.

It is in Geall that all will meet their fates --- the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one who was lost. And as their courage is tested, hearts will bond as never before.
Morrigan's Circle of Six is now training hard and preparing for The battle on Samhain. But before that fateful day, the group tries to one-up Lilith and her troop of undead monsters by hunting their lair. Larkin, Blair and Moira barely made it through this expedition but their injuries just strengthened their resolve to beat the vampire Queen.

Consequently, their almost successful mission had Lilith thinking that maybe she's underestimating the enemy and this resulted to caution and a tighter defense on her part. She will not give up when victory is too close.

As the battle draws near, the Circle is yet to fulfill their destiny. They now travel back in time in medieval Geall in Moira and Larkin's kingdom, to warn the people of the impending war and save mankind from Lilith's wrath and campaign for destruction.

This is a good transition book and Nora Roberts was relentless in the action and romance department. Morrigan's Cross was Hoyt and Glenna's book, Dance of the Gods is all about Larkin and Blair.

I like Larkin and Blair, a shifter and a demon hunter, and their story just had a lot of thrilling elements and your usual casual to serious relationship that can be found on most romance novels. But since it's the legendary Nora Roberts (Hello! Northern Lights! Even those two infamous "actors" were not spared) expect that it will be passionate and full of those exciting hormone-driven moments. There's just a certain allure about an old fashioned guy (literally) and a modern go-getter girl.

I also like how we get some intel about Lilith and the rest of the antagonists in the book. In my opinion, that helps build up the conflict and makes them more real and indeed threatening. I just have a thing with villains, I strongly believe that the strongest hero is made by the most cunning and evil of scoundrels. They are the spotlight that makes the good guys shine even brighter.

Maybe Nora Roberts isn't the first things that comes to mind when you think of the horror/fantasy genre but you'd be surprised by this series. So far so good, the momentum is consistent and the fact that this series is just a trilogy is another plus factor.

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